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  • Idubor Case Update: Next hearing pushed back to Oct 18th

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on September 16th, 2007

    Hi Blog. Just got word from Mrs. Idubor, the wife of imprisoned Osayuwamen Idubor, the Nigerian held by police despite no evidence on a rape charge for more than half a year now. Background on the case at http://www.debito.org/?p=537.

    News is that the Yokohama District Court has pushed the hearing back another week, to October 18th, 1:30 PM, Yokohama District Court. Open to the public, attend if you like.

    Reason given was the the interpreter was so incompetent last hearing that they fired him or her. So they have to redo the whole thing–hear Mrs. Idubor’s testimony all over again.

    Mrs. Idubor has also said that her lawyer is praying for a suspended sentence (shikkou yuuyo). A not-guilty verdict is impossible, he says, because if that happens, they have to pay him for all the time served, since he could not work in the interim. They don’t want to pay him for all the months in the brig, so out comes the guilty verdict.

    Meanwhile, Osayuwamen has been moved to a smaller cell for reasons unknown, where he apparently cannot stretch his legs.

    Eugh.

    AGAIN, HOW YOU CAN HELP

    1) The Idubors are having trouble making ends meet, given that they are paying for a lawyer and Mrs. Idubor is running the bar in his place. So you can:

    a) Contribute to their legal funds through their bank account:

    Osayuwamen Idubor
    Mizuho Bank LTD. , Tokyo
    Machida branch
    A\C NO.: 116-2788496

    b) Stop by their bar and buy a drink. It’s in Yokohama, and a friend of mine stopped by a few days ago (on a completely coincidental recommendation from a different bar) and said it’s very nice:

    Big Ys Cafe

    Yokohama-shi Naka-ku
    Yamashita-cho 106-3
    Laport Motomachi 104
    Tel. 045-662-2261

    Tell them I sent you. It’s open from 18:00 till morning. Map there downloadable in Excel and htm format (trying again, please advise if not downloadable):
    http://www.debito.org/bigycafemap.xls
    http://www.debito.org/bigycafemap.htm

    c) Join Mrs Idubor when she visits her husband every weekday in prison. She might be able to take two visitors with her each day. Contact me at debito@debito.org (please entitle your email “Idubor visit request”) and I’ll forward your email to her.

    Arudou Debito in Sapporo

    2 Responses to “Idubor Case Update: Next hearing pushed back to Oct 18th”

    1. Alexander Says:

      If only I were in Japan, I’d gladly stop in for a few drinks (of something non-alcoholic as I don’t drink drink, but still). Glad to see you fighting the good fight Debito.

      THANKS VERY MUCH FOR SAYING SO, ALEXANDER. EVEN A LITTLE WORD LIKE THIS LIFTS PEOPLE’S SPIRITS. HOPE MRS. IDUBOR SEES THIS COMMENT AS WELL. BESTS, DEBITO

    2. Jon Says:

      So Japan does not have any right to a speedy trial or court appointed defense attorneys, etc.?

      It still amazes me that someone can be held this long with no evidence. Is Japan really that backward or is there more to this case than what is written here on this site?

      –I AM REPORTING WHAT I HAVE HEARD, AND THIS INFORMATION IS NOT ONLY FROM THE ACCUSED’S SIDE, BUT ALSO FROM HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEY (NOT APPOINTED BY THE COURT–HE’S BEEN HIRED BY THE ACCUSED). THAT IS A PROFESSIONAL THIRD-PARTY SOURCE. AND CLEARLY HE IS NOT SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS OF A SPEEDY TRIAL AT ALL.

      STILL NOT ENOUGH? CALL HIS LAWYER. HIS NUMBER IS BLOGGED ON DEBITO.ORG

      BUT TO ANSWER ONE OF YOUR QUESTIONS, YOU DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO A COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY (TOUBAN BENGOSHI). BUT EVEN ACCESS TO HIM OR HER DURING INTERROGATION IS ONLY GRANTED AT THE POLICE’S DISCRETION. MORE ON THAT STARTING FROM HERE)

      I WILL HAVE ANOTHER ARTICLE UP LATER ON DEBITO.ORG TODAY FROM THE ASAHI IN MAY TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER PERSON ACCUSED OF RAPE. DESPITE AN AIRTIGHT ALIBI, HE MADE THE TOYAMA POLICE’S JOB EASIER BY SIGNING A CONFESSION DURING THE DURESS OF INTERROGATION (WHICH HE LATER TRIED TO RETRACT). HE WAS CONVICTED AND DID THREE YEARS. THEN SOMEBODY ELSE CONFESSED TO THE CRIME. THE POLICE THEN TOOK THE RARE STEP OF ADMITTING THEY WERE WRONG, LYING ABOUT INFORMATION DURING THE INTERROGATION PROCESS. NOW WHAT? HE’S SPEAKING IN PUBLIC ABOUT HIS CASE.  YET NOBODY HAS BEEN DISCIPLINED IN THE TOYAMA POLICE. THE CASE IS PROBABLY IN THE LONG-GRINDING MACHINERY OF JAPAN’S CIVIL COURT SYSTEM BY NOW, WHICH AGAIN RARELY RULES AGAINST THE STATE.

      IDUBOR IS NOT ALONE, BUT HAS NOT MADE THE POLICE’S JOB EASIER BY CONFESSING. SO HE’LL JUST ROT IN JAIL UNTIL HE DOES. OR UNTIL A JUDGE DECIDES TO SPRING HIM, AT GREAT COST TO THE COURT FOR BACK WAGES (UNLESS HE GETS A GUILTY VERDICT WITH A SUSPENDED SENTENCE, WHICH IS ONE WAY TO SAVE MONEY). AGAIN, PRESUMPTION OF GUILT HAS THIS EFFECT.

      BELIEVE YOUR EYES AND EARS: YES, JAPAN’S JUDICIARY CAN BE THAT BACKWARD. DEBITO

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